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Spring 2006 ENERGY STAR News

This year’s ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards are being presented on March 21 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This newsletter celebrates the environmental commitment of America’s retailers, manufacturers, home builders, utilities, schools, state agencies, and businesses of all sizes. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved about $12 billion on their energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 23 million vehicles.

ENERGY STAR Award Winners Announced

Recognizing outstanding accomplishments in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency, EPA and DOE will present the 2006 ENERGY STAR awards on March 21 to 67 businesses and organizations. These winners were chosen from the more than 8,000 organizations that partner with the government in the ENERGY STAR program. These award winners are helping to improve the energy efficiency of products, homes, and businesses across the country.

Award winners to be recognized for superior energy efficiency include such organizations as The Home Depot, Food Lion, Ford Motor Company, Marriott International, Inc., Pardee Homes and 3M. To date, more than 2 billion ENERGY STAR qualified products have been sold, and more than 500,000 new homes and 2,500 office buildings, schools, hospitals, and public buildings have earned the ENERGY STAR. ENERGY STAR qualified products, homes, and buildings provide the quality, features, and personal comfort today’s consumers expect.

The 2006 ENERGY STAR Award Winners by category are:

Sustained Excellence

  • 3M (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • Astoria Homes (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • CenterPoint Energy (Houston, Texas)
  • David Powers Homes (Houston, Texas)
  • Ence Homes (St. George, Utah)
  • Food Lion, LLC (Salisbury, North Carolina)
  • GE Consumer and Industrial (Louisville, Kentucky)
  • Giant Eagle, Inc. (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • Gorell Enterprises, Inc. (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
  • Nevada ENERGY STAR Partners (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (Albany, New York)
  • Northeast ENERGY STAR Lighting and Appliance Initiative (Lexington, Massachusetts)
  • OSRAM SYLVANIA (Danvers, Massachusetts)
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company (San Francisco, California)
  • Pardee Homes (Los Angeles, California)
  • San Diego Gas & Electric (San Diego, California)
  • Servidyne Systems, LLC (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Southern California Edison (Rosemead, California)
  • Southern California Gas Company (Los Angeles, California)
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Erlanger, Kentucky)
  • Transwestern Commercial Services (Houston, Texas)
  • TXU Electric Delivery ENERGY STAR® Homes Program (Dallas, Texas)
  • USAA Real Estate Company (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Veridian Homes (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • Whirlpool Corporation (Benton Harbor, Michigan)
  • Wisconsin Focus on Energy (Madison, Wisconsin)

Partner of the Year — Retailer

  • The Home Depot (Atlanta, Georgia)

Partner of the Year — Product Manufacturer

  • Good Earth Lighting (Wheeling, Illinois)
  • Lithonia Lighting (Conyers, Georgia)
  • Precision Entry, Inc. (Sugarcreek, Ohio)
  • Victory Refrigeration (Cherry Hill, New Jersey)

Excellence in ENERGY STAR Outreach

  • ACME Markets, Inc. (Malvern, Pennsylvania)
  • Alliant Energy/MidAmerican Energy Company (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
  • Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) (Montrose, Colorado)
  • Energy Trust of Oregon, Inc. (Portland, Oregon)
  • Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. and the Maryland Energy Administration (Annapolis, Marlyand)
  • Kentucky Office of Energy Policy (Frankfort, Kentucky)
  • Lowe’s (Moorseville, North Carolina)
  • Maytag Corporation (Newton, Iowa)
  • National Grid (Westborough, Massachusetts)
  • Nevada Power Company — Sierra Pacific Power Company (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Hoffman Estates, Illinois)

Partner of the Year — Energy Management

  • California Portland Cement Company (Glendora, California)
  • Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, Michigan)
  • Frito-Lay (Plano, Texas)
  • Gresham-Barlow School District 10Jt (Gresham, Oregon)
  • Marriott International, Inc. (Washington, District of Columbia)
  • Merck & Co., Inc. (Whitehouse Station, New Jersey)
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital (New York, New York)

Partner of the Year — Service and Product Provider

  • Avista Advantage (Spokane, Washington)
  • next>edge (Los Angeles, California)
  • Save More Resources, Inc. (Grand Junction, Colorado)

Partner of the Year — Energy Efficiency Program Delivery

  • Austin Energy (Austin, Texas)
  • New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, NJBPU (Newark, New Jersey)
  • Puget Sound Energy (Bellevue, Washington)

Excellence in Energy — Efficient Affordable Housing

  • New Jersey Green Homes Office — NJ Department of Community Affairs (Trenton, New Jersey)

Partner of the Year – New Homes Raters

  • Anderson Homes, Inc. (Cary, North Carolina)
  • Aspen Homes of Colorado (Loveland, Colorado)
  • Bosgraaf Homes (Holland, Michigan)
  • Bureau Veritas (Plano, Texas)
  • D. R. Horton, Inc. — Sacramento (Gold River, California)
  • Energy Sense (Houston, Texas)
  • Guaranteed Watt Saver Systems, Inc. (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
  • Haven Properties, Inc. (Alpharetta, Georgia)
  • Segal & Morel (Bridgewater, New Jersey)
  • Southwest Home Energy Raters (El Paso, Texas)
  • TexEnergy Solutions, Inc. (Irving, Texas)
  • Winton/Flair Custom Homes (El Paso, Texas)

More information about the ENERGY STAR Award winners can be found online at www.energystar.gov.

The ENERGY STAR Challenge — A Year of Progress

With energy demand forecasted to grow 40 percent by 2025 and U.S. businesses spending more than $80 billion on energy annually, it is more important than ever for businesses to improve their energy efficiency. In March 2005, EPA joined with more than 20 associations, states and businesses to issue a national challenge to improve energy efficiency by 10 percent or more by 2015. One year later, more than half of the states and the District of Columbia, along with more than 20 major associations representing our nation’s office buildings, schools, hospitals, and other commercial buildings have committed to improving energy efficiency. More businesses and organizations continue to join the Challenge each month.

The ENERGY STAR Challenge calls for three actions:

  • Assess how much energy each building is using;
  • Establish efficiency improvement goals of 10 percent or greater; and
  • Make efficiency improvements where cost-effective.

EPA recognizes businesses and organizations that have taken these actions as ENERGY STAR Leaders. School districts, businesses, and health care organizations have used EPA’s national building energy performance rating system to assess the energy efficiency of their buildings. ENERGY STAR Leaders have demonstrated that it is possible to improve energy efficiency by 10, 20, or 30 percent. The Challenge began with EPA honoring 13 Leaders for their accomplishments and now, there are 31 organizations that have shown their leadership in protecting the environment through improved energy efficiency including organizations such as Falcon School District 49, Colorado, Food Lion, LLC, and Giant Eagle, Inc.

To learn more about the ENERGY STAR Challenge and for a complete list of ENERGY STAR Leaders, visit: www.energystar.gov.